• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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    Staff photojournalist

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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Post Affirmative Action, Will Campuses Welcome Economically Disadvantaged Students?

  1. This is a confusing one sided take on this issue starting with the title which equates race criteria with economic criteria.

    The panel feels like a good illustration of group-think where everyone nods in agreement to feel good slogans. For example Espinoza-Madrigal refers to the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case as “conservative activists” in other words labeling the group as simply right wingers, completely obscuring the fact that the litigants who brought the case and the whole dispute at Harvard is mostly between Asian students who outperform ALL races academically and are discriminated against for the reason that they are way over-represented in Colleges and Universities.

    The panel does not deal with the issue honestly because the issue is more complicated than white vs black. To deal with it honestly would mean discarding an overly simplistic narrative of white privilege and dealing directly with the fact that if your main criteria is meritocracy it is not white that benefit most but the highest performing racial group which is Asians. Whatever you think about that, an honest debate should be include these important facts. That you are racially discriminating against some minorities to benefit others – lets think about WHY exactly we are doing that.

    Instead we get cliches and slogans.

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